Arianne & John :: Married!

Really, friends, it begins as all good fairy tales do.

Once upon a time…

…there was a girl with beautiful auburn hair, sparkling chocolate eyes and a smile that lit up even the darkest of days. And there once was a boy; charming and playful, a chuckle or a grin never far from his face. A chance meeting, an exchange of glances, a spark ignited. Years passed by in an instant and they found themselves on the morning of their forever. Her, peaceful and grinning. Him, as always, laughing with that mischievous twinkle in those baby blues. For today of all days, there was no room for anything but joy and unbridled happiness. And as they saw each other for the first time, she as his wife and he as her husband, they embraced and laughed whole-heatedly.

And, friends…

I am sure they will live happily ever after.

Baby Pierce

Anybody in the mood for a fabulous Throwback Thursday?

How about that one time when my best friend had a wee babe in her belly? Yes?!


Just a smattering of my favorite images of a couple of my favorite people who created yet another favorite person.

I like it. Alot.

Chad, Jessica, Mason & Carson :: Family

The strength of a family, like the strength of an army, lies in its loyalty to each other.
                                                      -Mario Puzo

This session started out just the same as most other sessions-a mom calls a photographer, picks a date and talks through the details. The weather ends up being rainy and, after rescheduling a bunch a times, they finally nail the perfect sunshine day. Laughs are had, poses are struck, memories are made, life is captured. Everyone is happy and goes along their merry way.

And then life hands you a big fat stinking turd.

Jessica was diagnosed with breast cancer a couple short weeks after this session.

While the battle has not been a short one, nor even close to simple or easy, there is a very thin sliver of a silver lining. Through the doctor appointments, treatments, diagnosis, side effects, the ish, the muck and the absolute worst, she has aided herself with a steadfast and loyal army. The strongest of sons, an unrelentingly loving and supportive husband along with positively resilient hockey and firefighter families and unstoppable life-long friends…offering a glimmer of hope and heaps of love. Shoulder to shoulder on the front line, all right there with her, while she slowly but surely kicks cancer’s ass.

Samantha & Terrance :: Engaged

I have some of the BEST couples this year!!!

Maybe I say that every year?

Whatevs. It’s so true!!

Terrance contacted me a couple weeks before their engagement session saying that he had a plan. He wanted to surprise Samantha with a new engagement ring during their session, as the one she had been wearing was more of a promise-ring placeholder and he wanted to get something to really knock her off her feet…and I’m a sucker for a good, fun surprise so I was all game. I think he pulled it off perfectly and as she collected herself after he slipped her new sparkly diamond on her hand, we all laughed {she may have shed a tear or two!}, high-fived and I just became giddy with happiness and delight at the possibility of watching these two people just be.

Just being themselves, just being in love.

Simply the best.

Sean, Marie, Morgan & Cam :: Family

Sunshine days of spring. Slow-moving vehicle signs everywhere as tractors and semi trucks are out in full force. Dust tornadoes, perfectly straight rows of seeds nestled in their soil beds, waiting to be nurtured, waiting to grow. The air is thick with the scents of earth, new life, raindrops and hope.

Hope has a scent. I promise you that.

Gosh, I love spring and all that comes with it.

I will always have a place in my heart for all those drivers of tractors and semis who burn the candle at both ends while refueling that midnight oil. You know what I mean.

So when I get a family who mentions that they might want to bring some ‘props’ of a larger scale…I always say absolutely. Absolutely because these trucks, these hobbies, these props of your career are an integral part of your family soul. And anything that helps to tell the story of your family more accurately and acutely is complete Aces in my book.